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Milne Library SUNY Geneseo Subject Guides

* History: Effective Searching

Advanced Database Searching Tips

Truncation examples:

surviv* will retrieve survive, survival, and survivors

nazi* will retrieve nazi, nazis, and nazism

war* will retrieve war, wars, warfare, warplane, but also ward, warden, warner, warlock, wardrobe, warlord, warp, warehouse, warm, warn, warble, etc. ect., so USE TRUNCATION CAREFULLY!


Phrase searching tips (i.e. using quotation marks):

Use phrase searching with quotation marks where the phrase in question acts essentially as a single concept. Examples include: 

"French Resistance", "global warming", "accounts receivable", "musical theater".

Avoid phrase searching with quotation marks where the phrase is not a common turn of speech, where there is only a single word, or where descriptive adjectives are used. Examples include: 

"beautiful artwork", "spreading propaganda", "terrible disease", "how a bill becomes a law", "United state's economy"


LC Call Numbers: A visual aid to understanding their order

Visual chart of the anatomy of Library of Congress call numbers line by line

Visual example of multiple books with LC call numbers in order on a shelf

Using IDS (Interlibrary Loan)

If you find an article in one of the library databases that doesn't have a PDF icon, click on a link or button saying either "Check for available services" or "Get It" to start the process of finding the full text. One of two things will happen:

1) either we have access to the full text from one our databases and the article will open in a new window, or

2) a window will open with a link to request it through IDS.

In the second case, click on this link, and then use your Geneseo username and password to log into IDS.  (If you haven't set up your account, you will have to fill out a brief form to do so.  You will only have to fill this out once). The form will be automatically filled out for you, and you can then click "Submit Request" to send it off to be fulfilled.